Interlaken prices

BACKPACKER INDEX: US$88.03

1 CHF = 1.01 USD

Interlaken hotel prices

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Rating Price (USD)
50.51 - 85.86
70.71 - 131.31
80.81 - 237.37
107.07 - 268.69
305.05 - 349.49

Interlaken hostel prices

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Type Price (USD)
Hostel bed
26.40 - 49.97

Hotel seasons

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The high season for hotels and hostels in Interlaken is from June through September, with July and August being the peak months. Reservations are especially critical in that period. With winter sports activities nearby, the place is popular all year round, though some hotels do close during the coldest months.

InterlakenIf you are looking for a base in Switzerland to be able to enjoy the Alpine scenery and activities, the small town of Interlaken might be ideal. It occupies a valley between two lakes and the whole area is surrounded by mountains. This is certainly the adventure capital of Switzerland if not all of Europe. In summer you have trekking, rafting, and bungee jumping among your options, and in winter there is great skiing and snowboarding nearby.

For the best Alpine views and experiences you are even better off being based in Gimmelwald, Murren, or Lauterbrunnen for at least part of your stay. These villages are all very near by and easy to reach in a short time once you get to Interlaken. Gimmelwald is tiny, car-free, and one of the most charming places on earth.

Hotel and hostel prices in Interlaken are at least a bit lower than those in the big cities in Switzerland, but they are still quite high by even normal European standards. This isn’t an area that budget travelers can just come to and linger in without bleeding their savings dry. Read more about why you should visit Interlaken or Lucerne for the best Alpine experiences.

One important thing to know about is that all accommodation in the area includes a resort tax for each guest, but that entitles you to a personalized Interlaken Guest Card, which is good for free public transportation and discounts on most of the top attractions. So while bed prices might seem steep, at least you get something in return.

Food and drink prices are also typically high as elsewhere in Switzerland. Budget travelers might want to self cater at least one meal a day, and there are a couple cheap supermarkets to help with that. As with everywhere in Switzerland, a sit-down meal starts at around US$20. Alcohol is expensive in restaurants and bars, but not so bad in supermarkets.

Interlaken attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Harder Kulm Funicular This popular funicular leaves every 8 minutes from May through October. On top you have views and trail heads. Half price with your Guest Card. Adults one-way 15.15
Adults return 30.30
Night Sledding Take a night sledding trip followed by a Swiss cheese fondue dinner. Adults 74.75
Day pass and lift ticket There are several nearby mountains with lifts for skiers and snowboarders. Adults 62.63
Students 39.39
Children 24.24

Interlaken transportation prices USD

  Price
Train from Zurich to Interlaken 65.86
3km taxi ride in Interlaken 20.20 - 30.30

Interlaken food and drink prices USD

Food type   Price
Budget breakfast Your hotel or hostel probably includes breakfast. If not, head to the Migros supermarket for decent options. 6.06 - 12.12
Budget lunch There are a few sandwich and sausage places around, as well as kebabs and Chinese takeout. 8.08 - 15.15
Budget dinner Whether it's pizza or pasta or traditional Swiss food, all sit-down restaurants feel expensive in Interlaken. 18.18 - 25.25
.5 liter beer in a bar There are some pubs with decent drink prices in Interlaken, at least compared to the big cities. 5.05 - 8.08

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Interlaken facts

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Population 5,500
Metro area 5,500
Time zone UTC+2
Currency Swiss franc
Airports

Avg temps & precip

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Best months to visit

June, July, August, September

weather advise for AmsterdamWeather advice

Summers in Interlaken tend to be pleasantly warm, but they are also the wettest time of year so you might need an umbrella if you get unlucky. Winters are fairly mild considering all the ski slopes nearby, which is why it’s popular most of the year.

Sunrise and sunset

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Nearby cities

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